Despite all of my bah-humbug, I’d like to wish everyone reading a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, and goodwill to all people. Special thoughts go out to those who are having a hard time right now, whether it be through illness, loss of a loved one, or loneliness. I also extend my appreciation to people whose jobs require them to work over Christmas. Thanks for keeping our essential services running. Mr. ETT and I are busy cleaning, preparing, arguing about the air conditioning… and loving having time to ourselves. See you all in 2018, when we’ll be another year closer to FIRE! ... Show Me More!
My childhood memories of Christmas are wonderful. We were on holidays with no homework to complete for next term. We could do what we wanted with our days. We roamed the neighbourhood with kids from the street, riding our bikes and swimming in the pool next door. I could read all day if I liked. Christmas was a time of anticipation—decorating the Christmas tree, adding wrapped presents underneath, putting up tinsel and spray-on snow*, waking early on Christmas morning to race out and see what Santa had left for us, then playing with new toys all day. Of course there was some sort of Christmas meal, but they don’t feature ... Show Me More!
Mr. ETT and I visited Kiama, on the NSW South Coast, home to the largest blowhole in the world (according to a single tourist website). Fact check fail! We’ve been to Kiama a few times before, but only always as a short stop on the way to somewhere else. We had never made the time to stay there. It turns out this was an oversight I’m glad we corrected. Initially, the idea was that I would finally get on the back of the motorbike for a reasonably long trip. Mr. ETT had suggested Tamworth—a bit ambitious considering it is 5 hours away! I quashed that idea pretty quickly, so we ... Show Me More!
After our expensive year in 2016, we set ourselves a goal to reduce our spending by 10% in 2017. We want to do this because it has a double effect. Firstly, it frees up more money to invest for our future. Secondly, if we can live on less, then it brings that future much closer. In 2016, we spent $80,000. To generate that using passive income and the 4% rule, we would need $2,000,000 invested! Yet another huge surprise this month because we stayed below our target. “Big deal, Mrs. ETT,” I hear you say. “Why wouldn’t you?” Because our food spending was “YUUUUUGE”. It was beyond yuge, it was stratospheric. ... Show Me More!
A colleague introduced me to roleplaying games (Dungeons and Dragons) when I was going to Uni and working as a trainee. She played regularly with another colleague and three friends near where we lived. Roleplaying turned out to be a lifelong love of mine – and it was where I met Mr. ETT! My History of Gaming Back in those halcyon days when we were all still living at home, we paid a token couple of dollars each to a local business that one of our parents worked for, located in a re-purposed house. Here we played into the wee hours of the morning, before rolling into sleeping bags, ex-communicating the ... Show Me More!